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Junior Kempo Program

For those who enroll under the age of 13

We have streamlined our Combat Kempo Program to fit the needs of the modern child. This is not a watered down playground approach to martial arts, full of games and breaking boards that have already been pre-cut for easy breaks.

Our Junior Kempo still teaches solid principles of Street Wise Martial Arts, but at a child’s mindset level.

Don’t kid yourself with so-called Anti-Bully Seminars. Professor Nelson was a small child, born with Tourette’s Syndrome, OCD, ADD, Dyslexia, and learning challenges … he grew up in a highly abusive home and was bullied often at school. Says Professor Nelson, “ One or two little workshops against bullying makes the grown-ups feel good they helped the kids … but it doesn’t. It is a joke. I know. A child has to get in there and train. Regularly. Period!”

Self Defenses are tailored to the child’s life such as school, playground, bullies, kidnapping, knives, and even what to do in case of someone with a gun.


Professor Nelson did not begin working with children as an unqualified karate club instructor trying to make some extra money, or gain a reputation as a tournament coach … Professor Nelson has had years of experience and training working with children on a professional level.

In 1978 Professor Nelson gained certification with Child Evangelism Fellowship, teaching and founding Children’s Bible Clubs and various classes, and worked with Open Air Ministries for Young People. He has served as a Youth Minister, music teacher, reading and language coach for children (including ethnic diversities), coached numerous children with special needs, and served as an Advocate for Abused & Neglected Children in the legal system (officer of the court, 25th Judicial District, Catawba County, NC, 2007-).

Not only does Professor Nelson bring a high level of martial skill to the training floor, but over 35 years of working with children aside from martial arts. He has a solid reputation for connecting with children of all backgrounds and ethnic origins.

Students of Junior Kempo will learn correct strikes and kicks on the heavy bag …

… fundamentals of grappling …

… teamwork and social interaction …

… personal instruction and coaching from the Head Instructor …

… how to improvise and spar with stick weapons …

… interaction and personal coaching with responsible adults … such as this retired Marine Officer …

We are VERY particular who we let work with our children. Drunks, felons, people who have been seen buying tobacco and alcohol products for their underage kids, sensei’s who have been kicked out of locations for inappropriate actions toward young girls, boys, infidelity, etc., these people are not allowed around our facility.

We not only Screen for these people, but we do not associate with instructors who look the other way and/or associate with such people.

At FSDC, we do not expect or look for perfect folk, there are no such things. But we look for solid moral character, integrity, honesty … folks who can be trusted when no one else is looking. These are the types of folk we want as Role Models for our children.

Getting to Black Belt

Oh yeah …

… everyone seems to like watching the young folk spar. Sometimes bumps happen, but we teach them to get back in the saddle and keep going. Life is not easy …


Family Self Defense Center of Hickory, NC offers your choice of Martial Arts Training in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), Combat Kempo, Kung Fu, Injukan Ju Jutsu, Tanbo Jutsu, Stick and Staff Fighting, Chinese Kick-Boxing, Ryu-Kyu Karate, Kizoku-Ryu Tai Jutsu, use of Knife and Sword, Women’s Kick-Boxing and Self Defense, Jiu Ling Kung Fu and T'ai Chi Gong, and more for one affordable price. Classes are in Brookford and within easy access of Granite Falls, Hudson, Lenoir, Morganton, Valdese, Vale, Gastonia, Maiden, Newton, Conover, Catawba, Statesville, and Taylorsville. Also available: Certified Personal Strength, Health & Fitness Training.


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